3 Reasons Why Fall Is The Perfect Opportunity For New Beginnings
It’s no secret that I love summer. I look forward to it all year long, and when it does arrive, I have a tendency to bend myself backward and turn myself inside out trying to milk it for all it’s worth. So after three months of drenching myself in vitamin D, patio-hopping, and altogether slacking on my self-care for seemingly more “important” things like summer soirees, long weekends with BFF’s, and bottomless glasses of rosé, fall provides the perfect — and absolutely necessary — reprieve.
Like the friend you have on speed-dial when a first date goes south, fall swoops in to save you from yourself (and others), to give you an opportunity for a fresh start, and a really good excuse to Netflix and chill. With fall comes change. And I don’t just mean literally, with the leaves turning colors and the cooling temperatures and all. I mean the type of change that you can feel not just in the air, but in your bones. The desire to slow down. The craving for something warm. The inspiration to try something new.
Yep. As much as I love summer, welcoming fall is a warm embrace (hello sweater weather!) I look forward to every year. And not just for the PSL’s, but because the changing of seasons also provide a perfect opportunity for new beginnings. Here are just three reasons why...
1. Those Eternal “Back to School” Vibes
Is it just me, or will September forever feel like “back to school” month? Despite having graduated from University over 4 years ago, I always get this antsy feeling right after Labour Day. Like, it’s time to start a new project. Or go on a new adventure. Or learn a new skill. Or something.
Thanks to a lifetime of classical conditioning via the Western education system, I look forward to getting back to work in the fall. In fact, I think it even contributes to my ability to relax a little in the summer. Like, I tell myself it’s okay to take that extra-extra-extra long weekend, because come autumn it’s back to business. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
I’m a big believer of seasons. Not just the traditional seasons we’ve grown so accustomed to, but seasons of work, and seasons of play, and seasons of exploration, and seasons of grind. By allowing ourselves to fully enjoy the seasons of play and adventure, we’re more prepared — revitalized, inspired, recharged — to take on the seasons of work, of learning, of grind.
So, back to that thing I was saying about classical conditioning, we’ve essentially been trained to get back to work in the fall. So what is it that you really want to work on? Maybe it’s a passion project on the side, your home, your career, your relationship…maybe it’s yourself. Whatever it may be, cease the slow-down of fall to work on what matters most to you.
2. Sweater Weather Means it’s Cool to be Chill
The obligatory, “But it’s summer!” rationale for... pretty much anything... no longer applies. What does this mean for you? Well, if you’re anything like me — the rubber arm queen — it’s a lot easier to say NO to all those things you might have been on the fence about when the sun was shining.
Don’t want to go to that after work BBQ because you’d rather work on that DIY closet reno with your hubby? Totally cool! It’s fall.
Rather Netflix and chill on a Friday night instead of patio-hopping in slightly inclement temps? Also cool! It’s fall.
Prefer to make a homemade buddha bowl with your BFF instead of eating out yet again. You glow, girl. It’s fall.
And here’s a lesson that’s not new at all: sometimes saying NO to someone (or something) else, is actually saying YES to yourself.
Not only does sweater weather mean it’s cool to be chill, but it’s also a perfect opportunity to recommit yourself to any goals you might have let slip during the summer.
3. Planners That Start in August
Speaking of goals... Every year, around July, stationary companies start rolling out their 2018 planners and most of them start their calendars in August.
Why? Because it’s "Back to School!" season of course!
But why am I telling you this? Because I have this little trick. Unlike most people who schedule their lives and plan their goals around the New Year, I pretend I’m still in college and buy an 18-month planner that begins in the fall.
But what does this have to do with anything? Let me tell you. It’s everything. Starting my planner in the fall allows me to not only get back on track but to get ahead of schedule. It forces me to look at the scope of the whole next year. What do I want to be doing? Where do I want to be? What are my goals?
Where most people don’t start thinking about the New Year and their goals until January 1st, I’ve already been planning mine for months. This way, those big plans, and ideas don’t seem so daunting when the time comes — because I’ve already been thinking about them for months.
So while it may seem sad that summer has officially come to its end, and now we're forced to endure another 10 months of non-summer til it rolls around again, there's something to be said for fall.
Me? I'm looking forward to re-commiting myself to my exercise regime, to eating more vegetables than chocolate, to my book — or more specifically, my book proposal, so that I can send it out to agents — new beginnings, and a new adventure (stay tuned!).
What new beginnings are in store for you, this fall? Comment below and let me know!
Ps. I am very busy. This is the planner I’m using and loving, RN.